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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SWEETGRASS • NOVEMBER 2022

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

WHO’S WHO

2022 Del Webb Annual Cruise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Lakehouse Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2022 Thanksgiving Football Schedule. . . . . . 10 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Holiday Events Around Town.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Houston Angels–Non-Profit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Talkin' Turpie–Thanksgiving Foods. . . . . . . . . . 18 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 Recipes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Poker Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Winter Escapes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Men's Club Thanksgiving Meal Drive. . . . . . . . 31 Sweetgrass Bowling Club.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sweetgrass Clubs & Groups.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 CCGA's.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Directories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 THE OF

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n October 2, 286 Del Webb residents from Sweetgrass, The Woodlands, and Hill Country Retreat (San Antonio) headed to Galveston to board the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. It was a week of fun in the sun, while traveling to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica with friends and neighbors, all while making new friends and memories with other communities. While on the ship, residents not only got to enjoy the ship's on-board entertainment but were also given the options of group activities such as our Cocktail Party, Game Night, Karaoke Night, Silent Disco Night, Upper deck water day, Scavenger hunts, and Pub Run. Sweetgrass was the largest of the three groups and celebrated several wins within group events such as Door decoration contest, Del Webb group Scavenger hunt (1st & 2nd place), Game Night, and overall winners of the Royal Caribbean Onboard Scavenger Hunt – Linda Bair & Margie Fougeron. Off the Ship, residents took part in group excursions such as tequila tasting, Mexican & Mayan traditions, Swimming with Sting Rays, Rum distillery tours, and of course shopping. Many great memories were made on and off the ship with friends old and new. Overall, we had a fantastic time while celebrating friendship, fun, and good times. A very special thanks Kyle D. McCrea and Dr. Victoria Vo (aka to our communityDr.partners, Cruise Planners the Jeffries) and Royal Caribbean for their patience, their time and all efforts while organizing such a large group. Also, a huge thanks to social committee members Linda Bair & Margie Fougeron for their assistance on the ship with group events. Another special thanks to Board Members Dan Noeth, Sue Muerdler and resident Donna Walker along with Linda & Margie for their assistance with Bus check-in and load-out. This was another successful cruising experience and truly cannot wait to see what is in store for the years to come. Your Home for Dentistry

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he NFL's annual Thanksgiving tripleheader returns for the 2022 regular season and features three playoff squads from a season ago, including a pair of division champions. Here's everything you need to know about this year's three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day: Who is playing on Thanksgiving? o The Buffalo Bills play at the Detroit Lions. o The New York Giants play at the Dallas Cowboys. o The New England Patriots play at the Minnesota Vikings. When are the NFL games on Thanksgiving? Thursday, Nov. 24, which is Week 12 of the 2022 season. How to watch the NFL's Thanksgiving tripleheader? o Buffalo Bills-Detroit Lions on CBS (12:30 p.m. ET) o New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys on FOX (4:30 p.m. ET) o New England Patriots-Minnesota Vikings on NBC (8:20 p.m. ET) What is the NFL's history on Thanksgiving? The NFL on Thanksgiving is a longstanding tradition led by the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys having annual games. This will be the Lions' 83rd Thanksgiving game and the Cowboys' 55th. Who played on Thanksgiving in 2021? Last year, the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions, 16-14; the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 36-33 in overtime; and the Buffalo Bills downed the New Orleans Saints, 31-6. Dallas Cowboys v. NY Giants o Where: AT&T Stadium | Arlington, Texas o When: 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 24 o How to watch: FOX The Cowboys' yearly Thanksgiving tilt has been unkind to Dallas in recent seasons, as the team has lost four of its last five. However, the Cowboys have won nine of their last 10 games against

the NFC East-rival Giants. Knocking off the superstar-laden Cowboys would make a huge statement for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley and a Big Blue squad aiming for a turnaround under first-year coach Brian Daboll. Buffalo Bills v. Detroit Lions o Where: Ford Field | Detroit o When: 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 24 o How to watch: CBS This will be the Lions' 83rd Thanksgiving game, the most in NFL history. Unfortunately for the struggling franchise, Detroit has dropped five in a row in its annual turkey tussle. Meanwhile, the Bills are seeking their second straight victory on Thanksgiving after a 31-6 throttling of the Saints a season ago. With Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs and the Bills expected to be favorites, the Lions will likely look to their young playmakers like Amon-Ra St. Brown and Aidan Hutchinson to help lead an upset. Patriots v. NY Jets o Where: U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis o When: 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 24 o How to watch: NBC Bill Belichick will lead the Patriots into a Thanksgiving game for the first time since 2012, when New England defeated the New York Jets in a game infamously remembered for Mark Sanchez' "butt fumble." This time around, Belichick and the Matthew Judon-led Pats defense will look to stop an all-star Vikings offense keyed by quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Dalvin Cook and wide receivers Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, the latter having quickly emerged as one of the elite wideouts in the game. With the Vikings playing on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2017, Minnesota rookie head coach Kevin O'Connell will match wits with Belichick to cap the holiday triple dip. For more NFL Thanksgiving Day information go to the NFL Website

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ouston Angels is a local non-profit that’s mission is to walk alongside children, youth, and families in the foster care community by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship. Houston Angels strives on supporting their families and youth through one of the following: intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship. Houston Angels has many different ways to help or contribute. One of their programs is the Love Box program. Love Box was created to provide a sense of community and support tor fostering families through intentional giving, relationship building and mentorship. The Love Box program provides fostering families (caregivers, children in foster care, and biological/adopted children) with community and holistic support. This wrap-around support enables caregivers to continue to do the important and meaningful work of being foster parents. As a Love Box group, you will be matched with a local foster family based on location, compatibility, and scope of needs. When our families are matched with committed volunteers who show up monthly, parents feel supported and children gain a greater sense of normalcy, relational permanency, and self-confidence.

We tell mentors that the simple act of telling their youth “I believe in you,” “You are special,” and “You are going to do great things” can change their path completely. Statistics in foster care have increased and become a way of life for many. More than 1 in 5 former foster youth will become homeless after the age 18. Houston Angels’ Dare to Dream program provides youth with the resources and relationships they need to learn life skills and secure a job as well as a place to live. Only 3% of former foster youth will graduate from college. We encourage our youth to “Dare to Dream” about all that they could become while providing the educational tools and mentoring they need to reach their goals. Only 50% of former foster youth will be employed at the age of 24. We provide opportunities for youth in foster care to learn tools and gain skills that will help prepare them for a successful future. To learn more about how you can be a part of Houston Angels or to make a difference in a youth’s life, visit www.houangels.org. Facebook: www.facebook.com/houstonangels Instagram: @houstonangels_nonprofit

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hanksgiving foods are a tradition over 200 years in the making. As tastes have changed over the decades, special diets have flourished and some traditions such as baking the stuffing in the turkey have been replaced with baking the two separately. Stuffing is cooked inside the turkey. Dressing is not cooked inside the turkey. Many people have elected to use more broth in their dressing cutting butter & margarine to a minimum using it sparingly to sauté the vegetables for their dressing. Recently, the popularity of the Keto diet added butter back into many people’s Thanksgiving preparation. However, it necessitated a substitute for bread & cornbread. This past year I found a recipe for Mushroom dressing that does not use bread or cornbread. The recipe calls for several different types of mushrooms giving it a deep rich flavor. It was fun watching people try to decide which to put on their plates & laughing as they took both. The leftovers were wonderful with turkey and other vegetables as well! Checking out 2022 Thanksgiving recipes online, roasted vegetables seem to be a big trend this year. Some of these wonderful looking recipes bring a more international flavor to our tables. Variety of flavors and visual appeal are front and center for 2022. Another beautiful dish for your buffet or table is fresh cranberry relish (not cooked) with apples, oranges and pecans. All this dish needs is a food processor and a little orange juice. Some people add a bit of sugar to make the relish sweeter. There are more “never fail” gravy recipes than you can “shake

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THE MALOLLI TRIO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH AT 3:00PM

Grand Living at Riverstone is pleased to bring the Malolli Trio for a live performance in our Forum Theatre. The trio includes Raimond (Flutist), Fatmira (Pianist) and Marsel (cellist). The family immigrated from Albania and has performed throughout the United States. They perform traditional and folk music from their native Albania, classical music from composers all over the world, along with original compositions. This is a must see performance to enjoy their musical artistry.

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hanksgiving is a food lover’s paradise. Even though the turkey and side dishes are the crowning achievements on Thanksgiving, hungry guests will need something to tide them over until the pièce de résistance is ready. In such situations, bite-sized appetizers that are tasty yet not too filling can

fit the bill. Charcuterie boards and tasting menus continue to be all the rage. In addition to a platter of fruit slices, figs, aged cheeses and crostini, treat guests to “Mini Cheese Ball Bites,” which offer various textures and flavors in bite-sized morsels.

INGREDIENTS • 8 ounces light cream cheese, softened • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese • 3 tablespoons drained, chopped pimentos • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon paprika • Pinch kosher salt • Pinch freshly ground black pepper • ½ cup crushed pecans • ¼ cup chopped chives • 12 pretzel sticks

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ne of the many chartered clubs that Sweetgrass residents have the opportunity to participate in is THE POKER CLUB! Poker is one of the most popular card games on the planet, and Sweetgrass Poker welcomes all levels of players from beginners to "pros". Game nights are from 5:30 to 8:30 every Monday and Thursday in the Lake House Activities Room. We currently have 40+ members, including 1 woman (and we are looking for more). There are no annual dues. Play requires a $10 buy-in that is converted to chips, with a High Hand Jackpot for $1 that is optional to the player with the best hand at the end of the night. The deal rotates clockwise around the table (maximum of 7 players per table) with dealer's choice of game. The dealer announces game choice and antes a quarter. Hi-Lo splits are allowed, with the low always 6-4 unless the dealer calls "the wheel" (1-5). No wild cards are allowed. Bets are nickel, dime, fifteen, twenty & quarter, with maximum bet per person at a quarter per round of betting with a 3 raise limit. The "last hand" is called at 8:28. Players count up their chips after the last hand with any chips not totaling to an even dollar amount being put in the pot for a final 5-card stud "show down" hand. Best hand wins the pot. If you have any questions please call Mike Covault at 713410-0948. We hope to see new faces for upcoming Monday and Thursday play nights!

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t’s the most wonderful time of the year, as one of Fort Bend’s most beloved events—Jingle Tree, presented by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital—returns to HMNS at Sugar Land. Jingle Tree features a showcase of beautifully decorated trees and décor, up for bid in a week long, online silent auction. Proceeds support the Museum’s daily operations, expand access to underserved communities and support innovative sensory-friendly programming. From the inaugural Tree Lighting, to

exclusive limited-capacity VIP Experiences, and culminating in the countdown at the Festive Finale, join us and decorate the holidays with Natural Science! For more information or questions, please contact Kavita Self at jingletree@hmns.org For tickets, click on Tickets and Registration button https://www.hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land/events/jingle-tree/

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masquerading as tourist traps, you'll find something a little more authentic on Anguilla. There's an embargo on large cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels, but a surplus of clear, coral-filled waters, unmarked and unpaved roads and low-key beachfront villas. Pampering is also at a premium, from the grandiose resorts to the sophisticated alfresco dining. With little to do but relax, the days here are long. But after the sun does go down, you'll be treated to one of the best live music scenes in the Western Hemisphere. Everyone from Quincy Jones to Bankie Banx to Jimmy Buffett has stopped by Anguilla's shores to perform. (www.tavel. usnews.com and www.ivisitanguilla.com) Italy- Dolomites The beauty and diversity of the landscape of the Italian Dolomites alone will enchant you - in every season. Because this holiday region always has its own unique and irresistible appeal. The only question remaining is what not to miss during an Italian Dolomites holiday. One of the Christmas markets in winter or Braies Lake in summer? One of the Messner Mountain museums for culture fans? The land of the Dolomites is diverse ... a small patch of earth where you will find everything to make your holiday a perfect experience. On a Dolomites holiday you will experience a landscape paradise unparalleled in all seasons, a holiday region that attracts with its endless recreational activities, day after day. Bolzano / Bozen, the provincial capital of South Tyrol, offers much in the way of culture and great shopping, while the valleys of Val Gardena / Gröden and Alta Badia / Gadertal it is all about getting to know the Ladin culture. The Trentino / Trient region is inviting with its mild Mediterranean climate, the best wines in Italy come from the Valle Isarco / Eisacktal region, and Val Pusteria / Pustertal is known, of course, mainly because of the Three Peaks and because Braies lake. Not forgetting, of course, the enchanting Belluno Dolomites and the Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm and Val d'Ega / Eggental holiday regions. There are a variety of hotels in the Dolomites, which are ideal for either families, skiers, hikers, cyclists or wellness fans, to suit your needs. Again, something for every taste. (www.dolomites.org) St. Kitts & Nevis These lesser-known but luxurious twin islands in the southern Caribbean are breathtaking. St. Kitts and Nevis beckon to travelers looking for a mix of resort relaxation and picturesque landscapes with a touch of adventure and a dash of history. St. Kitts is the more outgoing sister, with the widest selection of restaurants, bars and hotels. Shy and lush Nevis showcases the opulence that has become this region's calling card. Seclusion might be the No. 1 draw (Nevis doesn't have a single streetlight), but there are many other lures. Take, for example, the The housing market rebalancing is a breath of fresh air for many sloping greens of Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. You want culture? homebuyers. For the last two years, buyers have been faced with record low These islands have it – just check out the wintertime St. Kitts inventory, fierce competition, bidding wars and rising home prices. Carnival or the music festival held every June. And those with a We are now starting to see the market cool off, which is giving many buyers penchant for history will certainly find it – Nevis is the birth island the opportunity to find and settle into their new homes. of founding father Alexander Hamilton; St. Kitts' imposing BrimIf you've been waiting for your window to start your home search, this is stone Hill Fortress was once known as the "Gibraltar of the West great news for you. I am happy to have a one-on-one conversation with you Indies" and the St. Kitts Scenic Railway educates travelers on about the changes we're seeing in our local market and help guide you on The housing market rebalancing is a breath of fresh air for many homebuyers. For the last two the area's sugar cane roots. Meanwhile, those who come strictly your next steps. years, buyers have been faced with record low inventory, fierce competition, bidding wars and for the beach can relax with a good book on a number of whiterising home prices. 🥵🥵🥵🥵 sand oases, such as Oualie Beach and Frigate Bay. (www.travel. usnews.com ) YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED! housing rebalancing a breath fresh many homebuyers. 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I and s,Ifbuyers been faced with record fierce competition, bidding wars am happy to haveBayou a one-on-one conversation with you about the2022 changes we're seeing in our 30 Buzz • low November arelocal nowmarket starting to see the market cool off, which is giving many buyers the opportunity to and🥵🥵🥵🥵help guide you on your next steps. g home prices. inter doesn’t always have to be cold and slumber. Book your next getaway during the winter months to experience a new perspective on what the holidays can bring you! We got 4 of the most beautiful destinations you could ever dream of exploring. British Virgin Islands The British Virgin Islands, or BVI for short, are some of the most-exclusive and least-developed islands of the Caribbean, but this only adds to their appeal. The resorts, villas, restaurants and other tourist attractions in this paradise are known to emphasize spare luxury over sprawling expansion, and they attract travelers with deep pockets and a love for sailing and seclusion. Many travelers who visit come by ferry boat from another Caribbean isle, especially as some find opulent exile too hard to enjoy for longer than a day or two. And some say it's better to split your time between here, the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands and Anguilla to the east. (www.travel.usnews.com) Anguilla The earliest inhabitants, dating back to 2000 BC, were the Amerindian people, originally from South America, who named the island Malliouhana, the Sea Serpent. Living off the sea and the land, they established farms and villages on Anguilla. Over the following three thousand years, a succession of tribes and cultures called our island home. Art and Music are a huge part of the inhabitant’s life and culture. Compared to some Caribbean islands


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or the past three years, the Men’s Club funded and distributed complete pre-cooked holiday meals to needy families in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. The meals are delivered on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. These meal packages have historically cost about $75 and will feed a family of six to eight. In an effort to expand the reach of this worthy cause, we are extending an invitation for anyone in Sweetgrass to assist the Men’s Club by contributing funds to help purchase more meal packages this year. Last year 26 meal packages were distributed and we are aiming for 40 this year. If you would like to contribute to this tradition, please contact Joe Grace at jgrace2426@aol.com (please indicate in the subject line: Mens Club Thanksgiving Meals). Donations of any size are welcomed. We will use whatever funds we collect, combined with the Men’s Club funds to purchase and distribute as many meal packages as possible.

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the lowest average was 104 at season’s end and the highest was 198 yet these two teams were nearly tied in the standings. We bowl every Monday morning, 3-person teams, 3 games from 10:00 am till we finish around noon. If you have an interest in bowling and in having a good time with your fellow Sweetgrassers, come join us. We have room to add teams or just individuals and you could bowl as a permanent team member or simply sub as your schedule permits. Contact anyone of the following: Keith Taylor 562-298-3481 getkat82@att.net Rick Garlock 281-703-7444 rickcgarlock@gmail.com Linda Cooper 505-453-5848 coopschick45@gmail.com Linda Caplan 281-772-37/4 jsc0645@gmail.com

eptember 12th brought the start of a new bowling season… at last. But something’s new this year – the official Sweetgrass Bowling Club has been founded, is active, and now dominates (at least by head-count, if not by scores) the Prime Timers league at the newly remodeled Emerald Lanes; this is a seniors only mixed league (53 years young and counting). Each year the presence of the Sweetgrass bowlers has grown so it seemed the right time to start our own club – open to all those Sweetgrass residents who have an interest in bowling. The Prime Timers is a non-sanctioned league and, with a 100% handicap, it is also relatively non-competitive. Thus, for any given game, it is equally possible for a team of high-handicap bowlers to beat one of low handicaps (and vice-versa, of course). In fact, last year in this league

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups Men’s Club

Needlecrafters

Want to be a part of the annual Men’s Club Thanksgiving Meal Program? For the past 3 years, the Men’s Club has funded and distributed 20 – 26 complete Thanksgiving Meals to needy families in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. This year we are hoping to increase that number therefore we are extending an invitation for anyone in Sweetgrass to join the Men’s Club effort by contributing to this worthy cause. If you would like information about this effort and how you can contribute, please contact Dee Temple at dee.temple999@att.net. Additional information will be forthcoming as we get closer to this event.

We’ve been busy! Members of the Needlecrafters Club spend their time in meetings (and at home) creating unique and handmade treasures. We knit and crochet various items and then donate them to several local organizations. During July through September, our talented group produced over one hundred items! They included 62 blankets (fleece, knitted, or crocheted), 25 shawls, 17 hats, 8 scarves, and 12 miscellaneous items (booties, bird nests, etc.). So far, our yearly total is almost 400 items! These projects have gone to Child Advocates (foster children), Common Threads (for students of Lamar CISD), Dr. Dempsey’s oncology office, Fisher House (veterans), Methodist Hospital (Sugar Land) Cancer Center, Pregnancy Assistance Center, and Silverado Hospice. And we’ve started making crocheted and knitted bird nests for the Wildlife Conservation Coalition (for the baby birds and animals they rescue). If you knit or crochet, we invite you to our meetings every Tuesday from 1:00-3:00 to join our lovely group. We’d also welcome your financial donations so we can continue to give back to our community.

Financial Education Club

The Sweetgrass Financial Education Club is inviting residents interested in learning, discussing financial topics or their experiences in finance. Our topic for October 8th meeting is the method that one of our members uses to make decisions on his investments. We are only providing information about our personal experiences in investing. We are not advising others on their investment. We meet in the Technology/Media room across from the Lake House coffee bar on the second Saturday of each month. Each month the club discusses different financial topics, covering investing in stocks and bonds, issues that effect the economy and other financial areas of interest to members. Come and participate in the discussion at our next meeting and enjoy sharing and learning with your Sweetgrass neighbors.

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups Technology Group Help Desk

The Technology Group Help Desk is open for business on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month between 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Learning Center at the Lakehouse. Some of your Sweetgrass neighbors volunteer their time to help answer questions regarding computers, tablets, cell phones, exercise trackers and other devices during these sessions. We don’t profess to know everything but are able to help with the majority of the problems brought to us! Come see us...

Garden Club

The Oct. 4th meeting’s speaker was Jay White, owner of the Texas Gardener Magazine. The program was on “Saving the World with Homegrown Bouquets.” He explained the basics of good floral arrangements which include a “Thriller, Filler & Spill-

er” and should be no more than 1 ½ times the height of the vase. His mantra was to “Use More Flowers” to make a great arrangement. Thrillers include roses, zinnas, salivas, larkspur, sunflowers, azelas, magnolia flower & cones. Filllers are basil with flowers, rosemary, yarrow, dill, sage, lavender and mint. Spillers are ivy, sweet potato vin honeysuckle vine. Sweetgrass Garden Club’s next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 10am with Master Gardener speaker, Tricia Bradbury. She will be giving a power-point presentation on Native Plants. The talk will highlight why natives are important and some plants you might consider adding to your garden. All Sweetgrass residents are welcome as guests. Our Fall Garden Tour, featuring 6 homes, is on Fri, Nov. 11th 9:30-11:30am. Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at the Nov. 1st meeting. Checks only, please. All guests & residents are welcome. You can text Marcie at 281-788-4582.

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Finance Committee

Janet Hunter janet-hunter@hotmail.com

Health & Wellness Committee Sherry Theriot stheriot23@gmail.com

Book Club

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Card Crafters

Model Yacht Group

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Needlecrafters

Poker Club

Rich Siegel richkat723@att.net

Lorraine Rodriguez dwsweetgrasscardcrafters@ gmail.com

Debbie Gibson debg333@sbcglobal.net

Rosemary Garlock rororg@yahoo.com

Chad De Cuir cm20decuir@gmail.com

Pat McNamara dwspickleball@gmail.com Mike Covault michael@tcrn.com

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Phil Gerber phil@pgerber.com

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Jim Sheridan sherim@fastmail.com

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Bruce Peterson. b117534209@ yahoo.com

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Saundra Salter saundrakstx@gmail.com

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Genealogy Club

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Kenji Nishioka kenji@hal-pc.org Barbara Reynolds TEXASROSE281@yahoo.com

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Bill Foster wmfoster@mail.com

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Social Bridge

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